A “quadcopter” is a type of aircraft similar to a helicopter, but has four powered propellers which provide lift. By varying the speed of each propeller, the aircraft can be made to alter its orientation and direction of motion.
The goal of this project is to create a quadcopter that can autonomously track and follow a particular human as well as respond to gesture-based commands. The human tracking will rely on sensor data such as video images and GPS coordinates. In addition, the quadcopter will have a wifi connection, allowing live video feeds and data to be streamed over the internet. Autonomous flight will include auto-stabilization, obstacle avoidance, and a low battery landing protocol. As an added safety measure, there will be a radio control-based manual override.
Earlier senior projects used the quadcopter platform XAircraft X650CF. However, no successful autonomous flight resulted, therefore, the current project will be a new endeavour. Using the existing platform, a carbon fiber frame with four motors and speed controllers connected to an input/output module, we will design, interface, write software, and run diagnostics for sensors on the quadcopter.
Autonomous control will include the following:
• Manual override capability Self-stabilization during flight,
• GPS data processing for tracking a human with a GPS beacon,
• Vision-based tracking for indoor settings (where GPS is less reliable),
• Gesture recognition from a tracked human, allowing intuitive control, and Wifi data connection allowing video and data to stream to a website
The use of quadcopters has expanded rapidly in recent years. Applications range from hobbyist quadcopters to military drones. For our project, a quadcopter provides an inexpensive way to safely follow a specific person, record video, and respond to gesture-based commands.
Such a device can be used for hands-free communication or observation with video and audio streaming. Applications could range from watching your child walk to school remotely to following a soldier into battle to see when they may need medical attention. adcopter” is a type of aircraft similar to a helicopter, but has four powered propellers which provide lift. By varying the speed of each propeller, the aircraft can be made to alter its orientation and direction of motion.